Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

View of Birch Lake through trees.

The Birch Lake Campground is located on the shore of Birch Lake, a 21-mile long lake with 80 miles of shoreline and many beautiful islands. The site provides a remote, quiet atmosphere and is especially popular with people who enjoy fishing for walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Two camper cabins are available in the South Loop of the campground:  Popple Cabin across from site 20 and Tamarack Cabin across from site 26.  There are also 14 back country campsites scattered across Birch Lake (more information at bottom of page).

Downloadable information and map - Birch Lake Campground

Downloadable information and map - Birch Lake Back Country

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for winter.
Reservations: Some sites are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's Birch Lake Campground page.  
Fees See Campground Fee Table.    
Restrictions: Maximum of 9 people per site. There is space for 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles at the site require additional half fee and must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic. ATVs not allowed.
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Solar powered well, hand-pump well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire, host located in the North Loop at site #11, 480-737-3002
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information


Cabins are ADA accessible, with the exception of bunk beds.


Birch Lake Campground is located about 13 miles southeast of Ely.

  • Follow State Highway 1 for 8 miles.

  • Turn right on Forest Road 429 for 4 miles on gravel road to campground entrance.

  • Turn left and continue one mile to campground.

General Notes:

This campground has also has a boat launch. 


Birch Lake is 8 miles south of Ely and 1 mile northeast of Babbitt. Public access available through 4 boat ramps:

From Ely:

From Babbitt:

  • On the Country Club Road 407, off of County Road 70
  • Babbitt Public Beach off Country Road 623

Recreation Map

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